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caution (one) about (someone or something)

To warn one about someone or something. My mom always cautions me about the dangers of texting while driving. You need to caution him about Allie before he falls prey to her usual tricks.
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throw caution to the wind(s)

To abandon one's cautiousness in order to take a risk. You can't live life completely reserved, you know. You've got to throw caution to the wind every now and then. After my father won a bit of money at the race tracks, he began throwing caution to the winds and gambling everything we had there.
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err on the side of caution

To avoid risky or irresponsible behavior; to be very cautious. I like to err on the side of caution and always keep some money in my savings account. Since we don't know where we're going, let's err on the side of caution and leave an hour early.
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caution someone about someone or something

 and caution someone against someone or something
to warn someone against someone or something. Haven't I cautioned you about that before? Hasn't someone cautioned you about Daniel?
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throw caution to the wind

Cliché to become very careless. Jane, who is usually cautious, threw caution to the wind and went swimming in the ocean. I don't mind taking a little chance now and then, but I'm not the type of person who throws caution to the wind.
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throw caution to the winds

Also, throw discretion to the winds. Behave or speak very rashly, as in Throwing caution to the winds, he ran after the truck, or I'm afraid she's thrown discretion to the winds and told everyone about the divorce. This expression uses to the winds in the sense of "utterly vanishing" or "out of existence," a usage dating from the mid-1600s. The first recorded use of throw to the winds was in 1885.
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err on the side of caution

COMMON If you err on the side of caution, you decide to act in a careful way, rather than take risks. It is better on your first few weights sessions to err on the side of caution, and start with a weight which is lighter than you think you can handle. Note: People use other words instead of caution, according to the subject they are discussing. When I discussed the matter with ministers in July I said that we should err on the side of generosity.
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throw caution to the wind


throw caution to the winds

COMMON If you throw caution to the wind or throw caution to the winds, you do something without worrying about the risks and danger involved. Perhaps I should throw caution to the wind, give up my job and just go travelling. This was no time to think, he decided. He threw caution to the winds and rang the bell of the ground-floor flat.
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throw caution to the wind (or winds)

act in a completely reckless manner.
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throw caution to the ˈwind(s)

(often humorous) stop caring about how dangerous something might be; start taking risks: I decided to throw caution to the winds and buy myself a really expensive pair of shoes.He threw caution to the wind and dived in after the child. OPPOSITE: tread carefully, warily, etc.
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These included 197 people who committed sexual offences despite never having any previous convictions or cautions and 92 people found to have committed robbery.
The most recent cautions issued for child sex offences came this year, with four cases of sexual assault of a female child aged 13 or over, and one case of sexual activity involving a child under 16, resulted in a caution.
Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for regeneration and economic development, said: "These businesses were offered cautions as an alternative to prosecution after consideration of the council's enforcement policy.
Eight days after the letter was sent, Mr Francis was cautioned at Cardiff Central Police Station and signed a custody document indicating he accepted the caution.
The proliferation of cautions for such serious offences is extremely worrying and a damning statement on justice - the police, courts and others - which says they are still failing to care properly for child victims.
Rather than a simple review of statistics, it should examine the varied operational environment police officers work in and the complexity of the current caution regime.
The Policing Minister says a review into police cautions is being launched by the Government to make sure more criminals are brought to court.
If you have noisy gear, slap this black and yellow caution plate on it: CAUTION High Intensity Noise Hearing Protection Required.
Any player reaching 15 cautions for the season, regardless of when, will be hit by a three-match ban.
The decision that a case meets the criteria for a caution has to made by an officer of inspector rank or above.
In another case a 13-year-old boy was given the equivalent of a caution for raping a young child.
We were concerned that caution may have been thrown to the wind in the service of this evolving and flashy tool, the Internet, and therefore reviewed the National Career Development Association's (NCDA) NCDA Ethical Standards (NCDA, 1991) and the NCDA Guidelines for the Use of the Internet for Provision of Career Information and Planning Services (NGDA, 1997) to guide our practice in this new terrain.
He checked the warning/caution panel and saw the fuel pressure caution light on.
Mining recorders flooded after land caution is lifted